Crushing Blow

October 9th, 2020

Serious injury

Joe’s not sure the Bucs can fully recover from what happened last night in Chicago.

No, Joe’s not talking about the 20-19 loss to the Bears. That’s just one game.

Joe is referring to manbeast nose tackle Vita Vea getting carted off the field. Nobody wants it to be a serious injury, but Joe has heard tonight that it likely is significant and answers should be available tomorrow.

Vea had a big sack of Nick Foles last night and busted out a fantastic lawnmower celebration. Think Vea starting a pull-start mower and then walking around as if he’s cutting the grass. Joe loved it.

Vea is a massive reason the Bucs defense has gone 13 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher and having any team have significant success on the ground. He’s a unique talent and one that cannot be replaced.

Yeah, Rakeem Nuñez-Rochez had a nice training camp, but he’s not in Vea’s league and he and Will Gholston aren’t going to be able to somehow fill a long-term void.

“You don’t have another Vita,” Arians said after the game.

Joe is a little ill tonight thinking of Vea potentially being lost for a long time or the entire season. Without that beastly run defense, there will be much more pressure of the Bucs’ inconsistent secondary.

25 Responses to “Crushing Blow”

  1. Erick Says:

    Ankle has to be broken after that replay

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It looked like an ankle injury…..not the knee, I hope….

    Our Defense was 100% healthy, until now.

  3. ElioT Says:

    This is really bad news.

    Anyone who doesn’t think Vea is a beast, doesn’t know football.

    With that said, they’ve got some depth and injuries happen all the time.

    Get better soon V2!!

    Let’s go!

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    Man losing Vea… then losing Vea in vain without a W just drains me

  5. AwShbucs Says:

    Never shoulda happened! Blame the refs!

  6. REDZONE BA Says:

    @joe’s – your fears are legit. Losing Vea is major blow. Looking at replay, looks like high-ankle issue. While all ankle injuries are tough, “high ankle” seems to take longer for recovery. Bucs will miss VEA, for sure, vs Pack. Love to VEA for recovery.

  7. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Next up to bat, Khalil Davis.

    Sucks that vita is done for. I would be totally surprised if he’s able to play this year. Back to back weeks, 2 key players lost. That’s the nfl for ya. This separates the weak gm’s and coaches from the elite.

    We’ll see where ours lands

  8. unbelievable Says:

    He’s gone for the season.

    Better get that next man up.

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    We won’t see a healthy Vita till next year. Great young player, get well brother. GO BUCS!!!!

  10. Buczilla Says:

    Vea is unique and he had one hell of a good game too. There is no replacing him so it’s up to Bowles to keep this defense humming.

  11. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Bucs have lost 2 first round picks in less than 5 days. First OJ and now Vea. And yet stiffs like D. Smith and Jensen are still playing. The tailspin begins.

  12. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Pelsbuc61 it is a long season, a roller coaster ride, but at least this year there is legitimate hope, because the players believe in Brady. GO BUCS!!!

  13. Shoulda_Drafted_QB Says:

    Sad 😞 this guy has had some rough injuries and this ankle thing looked like a break and dislocation….. will require major reconstruction with pins and no weight bearing for 6 weeks. Guy might be back to 90% of his old self but then will take him awhile to be close to where he was pre injury…. better get some Pharm HGH and all the st cells buffet

  14. FED ( THE FU Says:

    this entire season is a joke just like the bucs always have been always will be. they should shut down the season and man i wish donovan ” can’t block” smith opted out

  15. Bird Says:


    Jensen. Fyi. They love him. The helmet was BS
    Smith on the other hand is a problem

  16. adam from ny Says:

    gonna be tough for a 350+ pound man to bounce an maneuver around the same on that ankle ever again at 100%…

    his ankles endure more weight than most…

    sending vita well wishes…

    the replay was bad to watch…

    if that’s a sprain or high ankle sprain i’d be shocked…and the bucs got lucky

  17. adam from ny Says:

    vita was a vital cog within the defense…

  18. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    Sad to see. Praying for a full recovery.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    What I saw last night, BEFORE Vea got hurt, was discouraging. Afterwards? Downright depressing.

    In these last 2 games, Bucs defense just hasn’t looked like what I was seeing in the first 3 games. The pass rush isn’t getting it done, and blitzes have been mostly ineffective. As a consequence, there have been gaping holes in our pass defense & we’re getting burned repeatedly. Not a good look.

    I think we’ve been having several guys playing pretty banged up (like SMB & JPP perhaps?) and that’s hurting the whole team because it looks like we’re trying to compensate elsewhere. Too many Bucs playing too many defensive snaps. If we don’t have quality depth, we’re not going very far this season. If we do have depth, coaches need to start using it.

  20. Andrew91 Says:

    This was the only impactful play Devin White made all night.

  21. alaskabuc Says:

    That ankle has to be broken, I wanted to puke watching that in slow motion. Praying for ya big guy.

  22. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    As already pointed out that replay did not look good for Vita’s one ankle/foot. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst on that one. Hopefully not another season ending injury like O.J. Howard had last week.

  23. Pok Says:

    It’s a season ender. A shame. Vea has the guy wrapped up white didn’t need to fly in from behind. Let’s not forget the refs were horrid

  24. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Actually after watching the replay, I am hoping that he will recover from this and be available next season. I am sure he broke the ankle and tore lots of ligaments. Actually a bit concerned this could be career threatening.

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    One goes down, another comes up. Get it Khallil. Don’t let the refs call BS roughing on Barrett. If the Bucs didn’t get as many BS penalties called by the refs and not called on other teams we could be average in that area. Except for Don. What a joke.